Lower Manhattan Picks a New Member of Congress, and Returns a State Senator to Albany
Brian Kavanagh, left, received the Democratic party nomination to represent Lower Manhattan in the New York State Senate. Dan Goldman, right, is the likely victor in the Congressional race for the Tenth District.
Preliminary results from the August 23 primary election point to likely victors in the races to represent Lower Manhattan in the U.S. Congress and the New York State Senate.
In the Congressional race for the newly mapped Tenth District, a chaotic redistricting process created an open seat by pitting incumbents Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney against each other uptown, while drawing a dozen-plus candidates for the consolidated Lower Manhattan catchment, which encompasses parts of Brooklyn.
Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor known for his efforts to impeach Donald Trump, captured 16,686 votes of the 64,869 ballots cast. His closest rival, State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou received 15,380 votes.
Several thousand absentee ballots will not be counted until early September. Ms. Niou, who has declined to concede, is said to be considering a third-party run, under the banner of the Working Families Party.
She tried a similar gambit in 2016, in a special election to fill Sheldon Silver’s Assembly seat. When she failed to get the Democratic Party nod, she ran on the Working Families Party line, and lost. Ms. Niou tried again several months later in the general election, and won the Democratic nomination, which brought her to the State Assembly.
In the State Senate race to represent Lower Manhattan in Albany, incumbent Brian Kavanagh clinched the Democratic party nomination with 13,082 votes (or 58.08 percent of the 22,526 ballots cast). He was opposed by Battery Park City resident Vittoria Fariello, who tallied 6,535 votes.
Although the general election, in November, will technically decide who represents Downtown in Congress and the State Senate for the next two years, the heavily “blue” political landscape of Lower Manhattan usually makes the nod of the Democratic party tantamount to winning the wider contest.
Eyes to the Sky September 6-20, 2022
Great Bear, Little Bear and North Star
As darkness gathers on early September evenings, the Big Dipper appears in the northwest, about 30 degrees above the horizon. Composed of the brightest stars of the Great Bear, Ursa Major, an ancient constellation, the Big Dipper is an asterism, a star pattern made up of stars of one or more constellations. The bowl stars, Dubhe, 1.79 magnitude, and Merak, 1.80m, termed pointer stars, are guides to the pivotal, though dimmer, Polaris, 1.98m and 48th in luminosity. Polaris is commonly referred to as the North Star or Pole Star. Always in its place, it is useful to know for orientation to location anywhere. To find it, eyeball the distance between Dubhe and Merak, then count about five lengths out from these pointer stars. You will discover Polaris.
The Great Bear’s tail is also a guide: follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper to “arc to Arcturus,” a red giant star with an orange hue. Arcturus, minus 0.06m, is the 4th brightest star visible with the naked eye and brightest in the summer sky. Also known as the “Guardian of the Bear,” Arcturus sets in the west at 11:22pm on the 6th, and earlier each successive night.
Returning to Polaris, we find that the star marks the tip of the handle of a rather dim asterism, the Little Dipper. On clear nights in the absence of light pollution, or with binoculars or a telescope, find a second magnitude star, Kochab, 2.08m, at the bottom left of the Little Dipper’s bowl, and top left, Pherkad, 3.00m. The Lesser or Little Bear, Ursa Minor, contains the Little Dipper within: Polaris at the tip of its tail, the bowl of the dipper outlined in stars. Scan the sky to the left of Polaris.
The image of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, is by Sydney Hall (1788 – 1831). It is Plate 9 in Urania’s Mirror 1825, a set of celestial cards. Notice three bright stars on the tail followed, to the right, by four bright stars that form a rectangle. These seven brightest stars outline the handle and bowl of the Big Dipper, an asterism within the Great Bear constellation. Image courtesy of Wikipedia: Featured Pictures. Top image courtesy of EarthSky.org.
For descendants of Holocaust survivors who became researchers and scholars, the Holocaust often accompanies their professional lives like a shadow. The new book Researchers Remember: Research as an Arena of Memory for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, discusses this phenomenon through the stories of 30 researchers, children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. $10 suggested donation.
The Wetlab aquarium features Hudson River wildlife and provides guided tours for visitors of all ages. During Wetlab Look-ins, you can join a drop-in tour led by our River Project team to learn more about fascinating local wildlife including oyster toadfish, lined seahorses and blue crabs. Free.
Observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media. Free.
Take a self guided tour of the tall ship Wavertree, and visit the 12 Fulton Street galleries to view the exhibitions “South Street and the Rise of New York,” “Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners,” and a special Eric Carle children’s exhibit. Through Sunday. Free.
Reading. So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa’s rich diversity, communities, and histories.
Today in History
Painting (unknown artist) of the Great Fire of London, which raged in September 1666.
1522 – Ferdinand Magellan’s Spanish expedition aboard the Vitoria returns to Spain without their captain. First to circumnavigate the earth.
1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower to settle in North America.
1666 – After St Paul’s Cathedral and much of the city had burned for four days, the Great Fire of London is finally extinguished.
1803 – British scientist John Dalton begins using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1847 – Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.
1916 – The first self-service grocery store Piggly Wiggly is opened in Memphis, Tennessee by Clarence Saunders.
1962 – Archaeologist Peter Marsden discovers the first of the Blackfriars Ships dating back to the second century AD in the Blackfriars area of the banks of the River Thames in London.
1972 – Nine Israeli athletes and a German policeman are killed by the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day.
1991 – The Russian parliament approves the name change of Leningrad back to Saint Petersburg, effective October 1, 1991.
1997 – The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place in London.
2007 – Israel destroys a nuclear reactor in Syria.
1666 – Ivan V of Russia, Russian tsar (d. 1696)
1888 – Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., American businessman and diplomat, 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 1969)
1921 – Norman Joseph Woodland, inventor, co-created the bar code (d. 2012)
1930 – Charles Foley, game designer, co-created Twister (d. 2013)
1970 – Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), electronic and experimental hip hop musician
1972 – Idris Elba, English actor, born in London, England
2007 – Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor (b. 1935)
2019 – Robert Mugabe (b. 1924)
2021 – Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor, dies at 88
Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-3pm (compost program: Saturdays, 8am-1pm)
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway & Whitehall St
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am-5pm (compost program: 8am-11am)
World Trade Center Oculus Greenmarket
The Outdoor Fulton Stall Market
91 South Street, between Fulton & John Streets
Indoor market: Monday through Saturday,11:30am-5pm